Better Estimates, Better Results: Part 2

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In the first installment of this two-part series, I discussed the value of estimating root length and offered insight into some unrecognized challenges that may affect case selection. But once cases are selected, the skill of establishing radiographic estimates continues to carry forward to clinical treatment.

Placing implants? Here’s What You Need to Know About Soft Tissue

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Implants are replacements for teeth—they are not teeth. This might sound obvious, but it’s a simple reality implant surgeons must remember, as there are key differences between natural teeth and implants that must be observed. This simple yet complex arrangement is very strong, and is nourished by an abundant blood supply coming from the periodontal ligament and periosteum. 

The Importance of Assessing Facial Esthetics: An Insight for Dentists

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Three key rules to consider for whole face beautification and optimal long-term results. Despite being a cosmetic surgeon focused on injectable based treatments, I have come to appreciate the importance of a beautiful smile and the role it plays in facial esthetics. The lips are an important esthetic subunit in repose, but the smile in animation is equally, if not more, important.

Better Estimates, Better Results: Part 1

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Using digital radiography to estimate pre-operative root lengths can help clinicians better evaluate endodontic cases. An estimate is nothing more than a prediction. It is an approximation or projection of something based on experience and/or available information, with the understanding that all the facts remain uncertain. Depending on the content, an estimate can be leveraged to address multiple goals. In the context of endodontics, that leverage comes in the form of digital radiography.

New Drugs You MUST learn to Master: Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis and Savaysa

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Doctors are starting to prescribe these drugs for anticoagulation instead of Coumadin. Here’s what you need to know about them. Much like for patients taking Coumadin (Warfarin), these drugs can be continued for simple dental procedures. In instances where complicated dental procedures are planned, it’s critical to consult with the patient’s physician to discuss the feasibility of temporarily withholding these drugs to avoid excessive bleeding.

What Do You Know About The Dahl Principle?

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This minimally invasive treatment isn’t used often, but it can be a great affordable option for patients experiencing wear. The Dahl Principle is a technique taught in the UK but not widely understood around the world. There certainly are studies and research,1 but arguably there is not much in the way of protocols or how or even when to use it.